By CLINT FOSTER
PALO PINTO – For the first time in two years, the Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court expects to receive thousands of dollars worth of unclaimed capital credits from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to be used for programs that help abused children.
In a regular meeting of the Commissioners Court, Monday morning, at the Palo Pinto County Courthouse, commissioners unanimously approved a request to the comptroller for the unclaimed credits and an allocation of the funds requested, all in accordance with Local Government Code 381.004.
County Auditor Steve Watson said the funds – which he expects to exceed $8,000 – will be split four ways between the newly formed Children's Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County (CAC), the Child Welfare Board, Hope Inc. and the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). Because the county did not receive its unclaimed capital credits for 2012 last year, Watson said they will receive two years' worth of credits, leading him to believe the amount of funds will be larger than usual.
In connection with the allocation of funds, commissioners have requested that a representative from the CAC be present at the next Commissioners Court meeting to give a formal presentation about the organization and its actions.
In other business, commissioners unanimously approved:
• Monthly reports for the County Auditor, Treasurer, Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management, Public Works and Information Technology.
• Petition to close an alleyway in the township of Palo Pinto.
• Delivery fee and compensation for Primary Election Workers per Texas Administrative Code 81.120.
• Purchase of an alternate for fire escape ladder, not to exceed $22,000.
• Request to allow 1993 Ford Ambulance to be auctioned by Rene Bates.
• Letter requesting waiver of the local match fund participation requirement on NBI Structure No 02-182-0-AA01-48-002 (Rambling Road) and approved a resolution outlining equal-match projects in return for the waiver. As a result of the waiver, the county will be able to use its $70,000 contribution for other projects in the county.
• Transfer of Lincoln Welder from Precinct 1 to Sheriff's Office.
• Reappointment of Keiffer "Buddy" Harwell as Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator.
• Lease agreement for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 office.
• Racial profiling reports.
• General Liability Insurance renewal for 2014-15.
• Contract with Kowpoke Architects LLC for new records building.
• A re-issuance of the county-wide burn ban.